Israel, US race to block UN ‘blacklist’ over settlements

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Israel and the Trump administration are working feverishly to stop the publication of a UN blacklist featuring companies that operate in Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land.
The UN is only a few weeks away from the completion of its database by its top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, which is investigating the implications of the Israeli settlements on Palestinians.
“We will do everything we can to ensure that this list does not see the light of day,” the Associated Press on Sunday quoted Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon as saying.
The database will mark a departure from the world body’s usual denunciation of the Israeli trampling on the rights of the Palestinians without any action, said senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath said.
The list is expected to seriously boost the international campaign, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which promotes boycotting of the enterprises directly or indirectly serving the settlements.
Danon said publishing the list would turn the Human Rights Council into “the world’s biggest promoter of BDS.—Agencies

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